The Hippodrome of Caesarea

"Hippo" means horse in Greek, so a hippodrome is a place for horse or chariot races, and by greater extension for sports events. The original hippodrome at Caesarea was some 250 meters long, 50 meters wide, and could accommodate 10,000 or more spectators. By the 4th century, the hippodrome fell out of use and was largely destroyed on its eastern side by the expansion of the bathhouse. As seen in this image, the hippodrome becomes flooded out each winter as the waves break over the modern breakwater.

The Hippodrome’s Bleachers
Image Credit: Anton Ivanov
The Hippodrome at Caesarea in the winter
Image Credit: Samson Tours

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